|Construction work on new terminal to be completed by October|
The multi million euro expansion of Dubrovnik Airport is in full swing, with construction of the new Terminal C building to be completed on schedule this October. The new terminal will stretch over 24.181 square metres and have the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, according to the project outline. Furthermore, it will feature an additional two air bridges. The new facility is located next to the existing Terminal B building. Once all work is completed, the two will be combined into a single functioning unit. The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, said, "This project is impressive. Together with the new terminal in Zagreb, this is the largest infrastructure project in Croatia. We are very pleased that work will be completed in October".
|Under construction (yellow)|
The new terminal is part of a major 274 million euro expansion, which includes the construction of new storage facilities, access roads, a car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The airport plans to begin work on expanding its apron and taxiways later this year, while the overhaul of the runway is scheduled for next winter. The entire expansion project is to be completed in 2019 and is largely financed through EU structural funds. The project will cater for future growth in traffic and improve safety and service standards. Dubrovnik Airport's current terminal building, opened in 2010, stretches over 13.700 square metres. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year. In addition, the airport installed two air bridges at the beginning of last year, becoming the first in Croatia to feature them.
Dubrovnik Airport is preparing for an extremely busy summer season with a handful of airlines launching new services to the city, among which are Turkish Airlines, Volotea, Air Berlin, Niki and Transavia, while many carriers will boost frequencies on existing seasonal flights. During the peak summer months, Dubrovnik will cater for wide-body jets, including the Boeing 767-300 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A total of 54 airlines from 24 countries will maintain flights to the city. The airport estimates it will see passenger growth of 3.5% in 2016, after handing a record 1.693.934 travellers last year. Croatia Airlines plans to resume flights between Dubrovnik and Frankfurt next winter season following a three year hiatus. Dubrovnik argues that year-round flights, operated by Croatia Airlines, are vital for easing the highly seasonal passenger flow at the airport. Currently, over 85% of all travellers are handled during the peak summer months.
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS (click to enlarge)